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Dimitri Maslov


Professor of Biology
Office 1352E Spieth Hall
Phone (951) 827-6485 (Office)
Phone (951) 827-5235 (Lab)


Ph.D., Moscow University, 1984

Dr.  Maslov's research of the mitochondrial gene expression includes the aspects of molecular biology, evolution and parasitology.  The objects of study, kinetoplastid protozoa, demonstrate a unique organization of kinetoplast-mitochondrial DNA and a highly unusual process of post-transcriptional RNA processing, termed RNA editing.  The ongoing research involves characterization of the mitochondrial protein synthesis and characterization of mitoribosomes and translation factors. Another direction of research is aimed at uncovering the biodiversity of kinetoplastids and investigation of their phylogenetic relationships.  Dr.  Maslov participates in the Cell, Molecular and Developmental Biology graduate program, the Genetics, Genomics and Bioinformatics and also Ecology, Evolution and Organismal Biology graduate programs.

Some Recent Publications....

  • Yurchenko, V. Y., Lukeš, J., Jirků, M., Maslov, D. A. (2009) Selective recovery of the cultivation-prone components from mixed trypanosomatid infections: a case of several new species isolated from Neotropical Heteroptera. Int. J. Syst. Evol. Micro. 59:893-909.
  • Neboháčová, M., Kim, C. E., Simpson L., Maslov, D. A. (2009) RNA editing and mitochondrial activity in promastigotes and amastigotes of Leishmania donovani. Int. J. Parasitol., 39:635-644.
  • Yurchenko, V. Yu., Lukeš, J., Tesařová, M., Jirků, M., Maslov, D. A. (2008) Morphological discordance of the new trypanosomatid species phylogenetically associated with the genus Crithidia. Protist, 159:99-114.
  • Maslov, D. A., Westenberger, S. J., Xu, X., Campbell, D. A., Sturm, N. R. (2007). Discovery and Barcoding by Analysis of Spliced Leader RNA Gene Sequences of New Isolates of Trypanosomatidae from Heteroptera in Costa Rica and Ecuador. Journal of Eukaryotic Microbiology, 54:57-65.
  • Maslov, D.A., Spremulli, L. L., Sharma, M. R., Bhargava, K., Grasso, D., Falick, A. M., Agrawal, R. K., Parker, C. E., Simpson, L. (2007) Proteomics and electron microscopic characterization of the unusual mitochondrial ribosome-related 45S complex in Leishmania tarentolae. Mol. Biochem. Parasitol., 152:203-212.
  • Maslov, D. A., Simpson L. (2007) Strategies of Kinetoplastid Cryptogene Discovery and Analysis. In: “RNA Editing”, Ed. J. Gott, Methods in Enzymology, v. 424, pp. 127-139.
  • Maslov, D. A., Sharma, M. R., Butler, E., Falick, A. M., Gingery, M., Agrawal, R. K., Spremulli, L. L., Simpson, L. (2006) Isolation and characterization of Mitochondrial Ribosomes and Ribosomal Subunits from Leishmania tarentolae. Mol. Biochem. Parasitol. 148:69-78.

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Recent teaching....

  • Biology 102, Introductory Genetics
  • Biology 119, Introductory Genomics and Bioinformatics
  • Biology 158, Medical Molecular Parasitology
  • Biology 201, Cell, Molecular, and Developmental Biology